Full Question

Can I receive communion in an Anglican church?


No. The Anglican church does not have valid holy orders, therefore, eucharistic intercommunion is not possible.
The Catechism states the following:

Ecclesial communities derived from the Reformation and separated from the Catholic Church "have not preserved the proper reality of the eucharistic mystery in its fullness, especially because of the absence of the sacrament of holy orders." It is for this reason that, for the Catholic Church, eucharistic intercommunion with these communities is not possible.



  • Grace Wright says:

    And Baloney like this is exactly why I left he Catholic Church. Who said, “For wherever two or more are gathered in my name”?
    What Pope figured out that there was a lot of power in heading the Catholic Church and keeping it cloistered is not a bad tactic to concentrate the power?
    Power still corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely!

    • Michael Cook says:

      Grace, its sad to see you left the fullness of Truth because of such shallow viewpoints. For “if you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.” — Saint Augustine. Christ founded one Church upon earth wherein lies the fullness of Truth, its plain and simple.

      • Anglo Catholic says:

        And what of those that are Anglo Catholic, that they themselves are more catholic than Roman Catholics! If you want to see what true catholicism is go to your local Anglo Catholic Church.

      • John Marcon says:

        I would be reluctant to quote nearly all the ‘Church Fathers’ Augustine, Tertullion, Origen as most were paranoid about sex, blamed women for sin and denied the validity of women as created in the image of God – even though the Scripture clearly says so in Genesis 1 v 26. Surely the church is a human institution and is fraught with all the realities of humanity. If we choose to give power to a particular set of doctrines and their promoters that is our freedom but when will the absolute authority promoters recognise that thousands of variants of Christianity and other religions claim to be the ‘true church’ and from declarations of allegiance to the authority of Scripture still manage to believe totally opposite opinions on it.
        I see no evidence that God has picked on one and said ‘You’re the one and all others are doomed to be lost’

      • Carl says:

        The first church was not Roman but Eastern. No one is going to Hell because they received communion in another denomination. It’s all about authority.

  • richee says:

    i would like to ask if you are familiar with the CHARISMATIC EPISCOPAL CHURCH? they said that they are not protestant and celebrating the Holy Eucharist more solemn than our roman catholic Church masses has. longer homily with more biblical stress and point, not boring, if you are familiar with them is their tradition, do they have a valid Mass and Sacraments?

  • Meh. Tired, old response that has been amply addressed by Anglican scholars. Word is even honest Roman scholars won’t go to the wall for this one.

    • Justine says:

      They (Anglicans) don’t have a valid priesthood. After Henry VIII broke away from the Church, his successor, Edward VI, introduced a drastically altered and invalid version of the rite of ordination, with the result that the apostolic succession (which had previously been present in the Anglican Church) ceased, and its ministerial priesthood stopped. (Catholic Answers)

  • suzy says:

    The Anglican Communion in Canada invites all baptized Christians to share in the feast of Eucharist…….am not certain where the above information originated, but it would seem to be incorrect/dated.

    • Justine says:

      Suzy, just because the Anglican Communion invites all baptized to receive their communion doesn’t mean that the Church approves us to do so.

    • David says:

      Suzy, the answer has to do with who’s saying no. It’s not the Anglican church saying no; it’s the Church of Rome saying no. Can a Roman Catholic take communion in an Anglican church? From an Anglican perspective: yes. From a Roman Catholic perspective, no.
      The Anglican church says any baptised believer in the Lord Jesus Christ — including Roman Catholics — are welcome to share in the Lord’s Supper; holy communion is not just for Anglicans but for all Christians. The Roman Catholic church on the other hand says that the Anglican church is not a proper church, that its presbyters are not properly ordained and are therefore not in a position validly to administer the sacrament of holy communion.

  • John Marcon says:

    Catholicity cannot be encompassed by one earthly organisation and as an Anglican priest who has several times con-celebrated with my neighbourhood Roman Catholic priests at inter-communion services without discrimination several congregations have experienced together the wonder of God’s grace in the spirit of worship. Non- Roman Catholic Christian communities existed hundreds of years before the Reformation. with clear evidence of God’s Eucharistic grace upon them. Armenian, Coptic, Aramaic-speaking Christian churches existed before the formation of the R.C. church and continue. When the papacy was in turmoil with up to four ‘popes’ all ordaining clergy physical continuity – if it ever existed was lost. The Church is a spiritual before a physical community with no evidence of God’s refusal to honour the worship and blessing of those who are not Roman Catholics. It is an unfortunate, unnecessary doctrine which serves only as an attempt to keep temporal power within one expression of the Christian faith by denying the validity of others. Thankfully God makes no such distinction and neither do a substantial number of Roman Catholic clergy and lay people.

  • Unfortunately, with Leo XIII’s papal bull on Anglican orders being stated (by him)to be invalid, it has left another ‘log-jam’ in the flow of God’s grace.
    Hopefully the Holy Spirit will have shown this to those who presently are responsible for the formation of doctrine. Lest we forget, even the popes are fallible human beings with limited understanding.

  • I’m.glad you shared with me .I have a question can you receive communion in a Greak orthodox church .

  • Teresa says:

    This is much too short a response to a complex question. In most cases, the Catholic church would discourage RCs from receiving in the Anglican church. However, a common-sense reaction is that it isn’t a sin to receive in the Anglican church because it ISN’T a sacrament – so you are having communion rather than the sacrament of eucharist. More technically, there is some provision for RCs to receive in the Anglican church under certain conditions (i don’t have the citation at my fingertips unfortunately). I would highly recommend checking out http://www.interchurchfamilies.org for some good documents that would help with discussions of intercommunion. ARCIC has made a lot of progress at least clarifying the current state, and identifying future opportunities, for intercommunion. It may one day be possible.
    I just wanted to clarify that it is only Catholics who do not believe Anglicans broke apostolic succession. We Anglicans believe we still have it, and it is an important part of our Holy Orders. We have an unbroken chain of the laying on of hands, even if the Holy See cannot at this point recognize it.

  • Darren says:

    Wrong. Any baptized person can receive communion in an Anglican Church. Come on over Catholics, we have way more fun.

    • John Marcon says:

      beliefs are often ‘positional’ – we’ve decided to embrace or accept a given series of statements given to us as truth. One mark of some beliefs is to denounce all others that are different usually quoting an authority claimed to be of divine origin -God, the church, Bhudda, Allah, Karma Krishna etc. – In a Christian context we have three major streams in the Western world, Roman Catholic, Anglican and Protestant. In many situations all work together cooperatively including sharing worship and Holy Communion services. Most Catholics I know simply do not agree with their church’s official policy and are happy to share a communion service with non-Roman Catholics. Most of us agree that it is God with whom we are first in communion and no earthly organisation can prohibit the grace of God from being given, shared and received in the Eucharist. However much we want to declare our particular denomination or religious community to the one and the only one given by God we need to remember that thousands of of other groups make the same claim and can quote chapter and verse, history and sacrifice to give credence to their claim. What if we decided instead to focus on the nature of God as total, unconditional, eternal love for all people ever born and sought to live and share that love moving from a rule-based belief system to a loving relational based one? What if we worried less about authority structures and concerned ourselves with inclusive care, nurture and challenge joy and praise? John Marcon

  • readingmater says:

    I am a Roman Catholic and have been sharing communion in other churches for years. Do we really think a) the Holy Spirit has abandoned half the world’s Christians or that b) Edward VI is more important
    than Jesus who ate with all and said we would all share his banquet.

  • rose says:

    We believe that the WORD became flesh.
    and Jesus is the Word who became flesh.
    when Jesus lives with us with our ancestors, He call Simon (now St Peter) to become fisher of men.JESUS assigned Peter to take good care, feed His chosen
    children. That is why St Peter is the first Pope in Holy Catholic Apostolic Church

  • Peter Kostanki says:

    Of course you can receive communion in the Anglican church. All who are baptized are welcome to the table. There is no corner on the market of who can be a baptized believer in any denomination. If you believe there is then you deny all that is Christ.

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  • Nick Noble says:

    Very interesting discussion. I will point out that the question itself was not answered correctly (as possibly it was not correctly stated). The correct answer to “CAN I receive communion in an Anglican Church?” is always YES. You CAN do anything you choose to do. But even when the question is properly stated– “MAY I receive communion in an Anglican Church?” the verdict is rather more complicated than is served by a simple “no” answer. As has already been pointed out, the answer is YES from the Anglican perspective. From the Catholic perspective it is not so simple. The excerpt from the Catechism quoted to support the “no” response, interpreted literally, would actually allow Catholics to take communion in ANY church, as long as those same Catholics remained Catholic and fulfilled their regular obligations to the Catholic Church. If Anglican orders are invalid, then they are not administering a genuine sacrament, but only a communal sharing, which is NOT banned by the Catholic Church. If the responder did any basic research they would know that only Catholic clergy are expressly forbidden from receiving the bread and wine from a non-Catholic denomination. The laity is NOT forbidden, only reminded that such participation cannot replace or substitute for their regular Catholic mass obligation. There are a number of essays on this, mostly from Catholic scholars, mostly Jesuits. The position of the Catholic Church on military chaplaincy, for example, expressly permits participation in cross-denominational eucharist, as not every unit has a Catholic chaplain assigned to it. There are also many Catholic bishops who have openly supported inter-communion services. In the modern era there has never been an outright ban on Catholic laity receiving communion in another church, and no threat at all of punishment or excommunication. All modern theological evidence indicates that the correct answer, even from the Catholic perspective, to the question, properly stated, is a qualified “yes”.

  • Peter says:

    If you research this question thoroughly, and I mean in depth, you will find that there’s more going on here than the standard answers. It’s not simple and it’s not really honest to say that Anglican orders are invalid. This is all based upon political intrigue and a level of arrogance that takes my breath away. Do your homework and go to communion in any church where you sense the presence of the Living God. Don’t allow anyone to treat you like a child. Ever.

  • Carolyn Nield says:

    In any Anglican Church, I know, including the one I attend, anyone who receives Communion in their Church of whatever denomination, may receive it and is invited to do so. Shame it doesn’t work the other way round (ie Anglicans receiving in an RC Church).

  • Elliott says:

    I am always confused by the fact that the ROMAN Catholic Church has taken ownership of the word Catholic. There is more to being Catholic than being part of the Roman Church. The Grace that is extended by God through the Blessed Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood is not something that can be owned by one human institution – no matter how much that institution claims that ownership. to be Catholic is to be part of the universal church and that universality cannot be denied by dogma or prejudice or closed-mindedness. The arrogance of one church imposing its dogma upon another belies the faith that has been commended to us all. Jesus welcomes all people at the table of fellowship and so then should His church. I agree with the person who posted make your communion “in any church where you sense the presence of the Living God.” For in those places you will be part of that which is truly catholic, universal, and life-giving.

  • Taking Communion in any Church is a public statement that you agree with everything that Church teaches and if you’re Catholic taking Communion in other churches you might want to rethink that.

    • John Marcon says:

      Receiving communion is primarily an act of communion between God and the person and is not dependant on the doctrines of that church; neither does receiving communion declare that the receiver holds the whole belief structure of it. No church has perfect doctrinal insights and certainly not practice but the Grace and Presence of God in communion is not prevented by any church’s declarations. No earthly body can control or hinder the reality of God’s loving embrace and grace. Surely it is arrogant at least and blasphemous at worst to say that it can.

  • Brian says:

    YES, you can, anyone can.

  • Phil McCarthy says:

    The truthful answer is “Yes, you’d be most welcome”.

  • Stephanie says:

    My understanding is that RC believe that the eucharist is the actual living body and blood of Christ. RC do not receive communion in other churches because others believe it only represents Christ. Therefore it, at another church, is actually not the sacrament RC are committed to.

  • Frank Carey says:

    Of course you can! Even my paents who are in their 80s do so (I left the RC church for the Anglican Scottish Episcopal Church several years ago and my parents are happy to join us in communion). I also take communion in the catholic church when home in Ireland. Neat!

  • wacoi says:

    The main reason probably why the Rc does not permit this is because of what this means to the different churches. For RC this is the actual body and blood of Jesus. For Anglicans its different. The apostles creed for Catholics Rc has some guidance on our core beliefs

  • Sango seko says:

    Many Roman Catholic theologians would affirm the validity of Anglican Holy Orders. All baptised Christians are welcome to receive Holy Communion in Episcopal/Anglican churches, and we hope you will.

    • Perhaps the real question here is “Should I allow the out-dated, power and control-driven views of officious Catholic clerics to undermine my full participation in the wider Body of Christ.” Answer – “you can if you you want to but why would you?”

  • Tom says:

    To the best of my knowledge, you may receive communion in churches that are part of the ACNA (Anglican Church in North America) as long as you have been baptised.

  • David. says:

    Jesus’ disciples at the last supper were not Roman Catholic either. They were Jews. Jesus did not deny them the bread or the cup because they were not an R.C. DO NOT put yourself higher than Jesus. That is an affront. Jesus did not say do this in remembrance of Me as long as you are Roman Catholic. Get back to the truth and the Bible.

    • John Marcon says:

      As God offers his Holy Communion to us in person and through the receiving of the bread and the wine surely no earthly organisation dare deny what God will never deny. A church may decide to exclude non-members from it’s sacramental ministry but God never does.
      The tragedy of all organisations that attempt to use controlling techniques to either instil fear of divine rejection should they not accept its authority or compel allegiance assuming God’s unique favour to those who do. Many ecclesiastical organisations claim God’s absolute authority to the denial of all others yet seem unable to understand that God’s love, mercy, freedom and grace are gifted totally, unconditionally and eternally to everyone ever born.
      John Marcon

  • Michael Jansen says:

    Typical Roman Catholic Ignorance. Anglicans have indeed kept their Apostolic succession and Holy orders. Since they were after all part of the Catholic Church before and much has not changed at all as they still have many even most of the same beliefs. Anglo Catholic groups and conservative Anglican groups still have full apostolic succession traceable back to one of the Apostles.

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